Bobotie Recipe

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Bobotie Recipe

This easy bobotie recipe is my version slightly adapted from the original. Bobotie is a traditional South African casserole dish prepared from savoury ground beef, bread dipped in milk, and a thin layer of egg on top. Most variations are served with cooked yellow rice.

Some people in South Africa even call bobotie the national dish of South Africa, while others claim it is region-specific. One thing is certain, everybody in South Africa loves bobotie, and everybody who visits South Africa also loves bobotie. My wife, during her time as a chef, prepared bobotie as a dish for many International guests and they absolutely raved about it.

Bobotie is a beautiful-looking casserole dish and it pleases all culinary senses. It smells divine and tastes wonderful. It is easy to fall in love with South Africa, if only for the taste of bobotie.

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Recipe Info


Serves: 8


Calories: 266
Carbs: 11 g
Fat: 13 g
Protein: 29 g

Cooking Times

20 min
Preparation Time
0 Hours and 20 Minutes
45 min
Cook Time
0 Hours and 45 Minutes
65 min
Total Time
1 Hours and 5 Minutes




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Soak the bread slice in 125 ml milk. Squeeze the bread to remove excess milk and mix the bread with the ground beef. Stir in all the other ingredients, besides the butter, eggs, milk, bay leaves, and mix well
  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat and brown the meat mixture lightly. Turn out into a casserole
  4. Beat the eggs and the remaining milk together and pour over the meat mixture in the casserole. Garnish with the bay leaves
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until set. Serve with a bed of freshly cooked yellow rice. Enjoy!

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Martie Goossen
Lovely Bobotie recipe. I love seeing all the traditional ingredients like the almonds. Proudly South African. 5.00

Gudrun Shaden
I remember eating bobotie during my visit to South Africa. It was so good I told all my friends about it. Thanks to you I can now make bobotie myself. My friends and family are all very impressed. Prost. 🥂 5.00

Walda Niehause
Perfect bobotie recipe. Tastes wonderful. 5.00

Geraldine Sims
We had bobotie during a visit to South Africa. I could never forget this great meal and I am happy to have found this good bobotie recipe. It is delicious. 5.00

Marietjie van Wyk
By far the best bobotie recipe I have ever made. Delicious. 5.00

Fanie Myburgh
Delicious bobotie recipe. Love it. ❤️❤️` 5.00

Nadine Smith
Thanks so much for sharing this bobotie recipe. My family has moved to another country and it is so good to taste something from home. 5.00

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